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Cryogenics and energy extremes topic of seminar
Release Date Tuesday, September 3, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 3, 2013) - NASA researcher James E. Fesmire will present a public seminar, "Cryogenics and Energy at the Extremes," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in room 204 West of the Classroom Building. The public is invited.

Fesmire, principal investigator and founder of the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, will discuss broad notions on energy, temperature and power (heat flow). He will present specific examples of the control of thermal energy and its measurement under extreme environmental conditions.

Practical approaches for simulation in the lunar environment will be discussed, including high-performance applications such as aerogel blanket thermal insulation systems, refrigeration power for physics research and superconducting power cables.

Fesmire has worked in the field of cryogenics and low-temperature problem-solving for 30 years. His work has supported the space shuttle, the International Space Station, future moon and Mars exploration, experimental rocket programs, commercial space launch facilities, superconducting power, hydrogen storage and delivery, and a wide range of commercial and industrial applications.

Fesmire has authored numerous patents and publications in the area of thermal insulation systems, novel materials and cryogenic testing methodologies. He has received NASA medals for Distinguished Service, Exceptional Technology Achievement and Exceptional Service. He is a recipient of the R&D 100 Award and a member of the Space Technology Hall of Fame for his research work in aerogel insulation technology.


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